The Oberlin Review

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Changing Landscape of Higher Ed Admissions Impacts Oberlin

November 8, 2019

Oberlin’s enrollment grew two percent this past year, from 2,785 students last year to 2,846 this year, making it one of three private colleges in the region to experience growth amid shrinking enrollments at colleges and universities throughout Northeast Ohio. This increase in enrollment was accompanied by a higher acceptance rate. “We are in a time of real change in admissions and enrollment in higher education,” Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Manuel Carballo wrote in an...

College junior Hannah Sklar uses a meal swipe in Dascomb Dining Hall. Starting next semester, all first-years will be required to have a 300-meal-per-semester dining plan, unless they choose to eat in OSCA.

College Raises Tuition, Overhauls Room and Board

April 21, 2017

Attending Oberlin College will cost $69,372 next academic year thanks to a 2.8-percent tuition increase announced by outgoing Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Frandsen via email Tuesday. The email lists significant changes to student dining and housing options that raise minimum costs and reduce the amount of need-based financial aid for Oberlin Student Cooperative Association members. Beginning with the incoming class, all non-OSCA first-years are required to have a 300-meal...

We Should Question the Term ‘Low-Income Student’

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident

February 5, 2016

To the Editors: Certainly, it makes sense to provide immediate money for student necessities — from travel tickets for international study to cash for Oberlin Winter Term groceries. Since no student can control the womb nor circumstances from which they come, let’s think twice before using the term “low-income students.” No student is three-fifths of a human being, as slaves were once considered. Let’s continue to reject the notion that children and young adults be classified by family financial status. Let’s continue to reject notions of financial segregation. Let’s not feed immoral ideas; let’s feed the language of equality and the language of human wholeness. This moral principle should drive ...

Domestic Partnership Policy Invasive, Exclusive

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist

September 4, 2015

Two things happened in my life last May, within weeks of each other: I proposed, and my fiancée graduated. She decided to live in Oberlin. I decided to live with her. Technically, we could have gotten married already. We might have even been able to manage it the day I proposed if we had borrowed a car. But we’d decided to wait until after I got out of college in spring 2018. We were engaged, anyway, ring and all; we’d made our intention to marry as clear as possible. How hard could convincing the school of that fact be? I want to note that every person I interacted with from ResEd was absolutely lovely. Over the course of the summer I got polite responses to my panicked and probably incoherent emails at...

ASA Organizes Fundraiser for Yakubu Saaka Fund

Xiaoqian Zhu

May 1, 2015

The African Student Association held its annual banquet on April 18, the fourth fundraising event this year for the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund. The ASA is attempting to raise $50,000 for the fund by May. The fund was established in 2009 in honor of Dr. Yakubu Saaka — a longtime professor from Ghana and a significant contributor to the Africana Studies Department — to provide financial aid for African students. “[Oberlin College is] always trying to reach out to the [African] continent to get more students in, and the reality is most students in the continent cannot afford this private school education,” said College junior and ASA Co-chair Sophie Umazi Mvurya. “So it clashes with their mission of trying...

Students gather in small groups during a meeting last Saturday to plan a response to the rise in tuition. The groups drafted a series of demands that they feel would make the school more financially accessible.

Students Protest 4 Percent Tuition Hike

April 24, 2015

On Saturday afternoon, College senior Zachery Crowell shouted out to a Wilder Bowl full of sunbathing students to encourage them to participate in a meeting to organize students against the College’s planned four percent increase next year in total cost of attendance. Within the first five minutes, Crowell had five students. Ten minutes later the meeting had thirty. “We are one of the most expensive academic institutions in the entire world and because of this we have much less racial and...

College sophomore Zoe Reinstein purchases a book from Chris Bromberg, OC ’14, at the Oberlin College Bookstore. At the request of Student Senate, President Krislov doubled the emergency textbook fund to help alleviate college costs for low-income students.

Administration, Senate Try to Ease Textbook Costs

February 13, 2015

President Krislov doubled the emergency textbook fund after student senators appealed to Krislov about the burden that high textbook prices inflict on low-income students. According to Krislov, the fund is meant to supplement students’ overall financial aid package. “There may be individuals who have even more needs because of either the subjects they take or because certain things happen, medical problems or something like that. That’s why these emergency funds are so valuable and important,”...

Frandsen Presents on Current College Finances

Oliver Bok, Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

Mike Frandsen, the vice president for Finance and Administration, gave students a broad overview of Oberlin’s revenue and expenses on Monday amid widespread student concern that the College isn’t doing enough to make Oberlin more affordable. According to Frandsen, gross tuition — the sticker price that does not include financial aid — has increased by 4 percent on average over the last five years. Net student tuition — the actual amount of money collected from students after factoring in financial aid — has increased by 5.9 percent per year since 2011. Financial aid has increased by an average of 5 percent per year during the same time period. “Eighty-two percent of our projected revenues for...

College Finance

College Finance

December 5, 2014

Student Senators Call for Financial Aid Transparency, Engagement

Jordan Ecker and Ty Wagner

November 21, 2014

Oberlin College Student Senate is committed to investigating Oberlin’s finances by gathering as much information as possible, synthesizing this information so that students can engage with it, creating discussions about Oberlin’s financial direction particularly involving financial aid and making the Steering Committee more accessible to the Senate and to students themselves. Here’s why. Over and over again, when asking questions about the school’s financial situation, we as Student Senators have been told: “Oberlin College needs more revenue to remain a prestigious institution.” “Changes must be made.” “We are spending too much money on financial aid.” Yet students across campus feel nickel-and-dimed...

College junior Ben Libbey speaks with fellow members of the Senate’s Transparency Working Group Thursday. After the administration announced that it would fully revoke last April’s proposed policy changes, several students have voiced concern over the administration’s decision to transfer further policy decisions onto the
Strategic Plan Steering Committee.

Senate Prioritizes Financial Accessibility

November 21, 2014

While less controversial than its last announcement regarding the financial aid policy changes, the administration’s most recent email has still left some students reeling. This past Friday, the student body received the message that last April’s proposed changes to the financial aid policy — which were previously postponed until the fall of 2015 — would be rescinded indefinitely. Some of the more noteworthy policy changes were the proposals to “adjust [the financial aid of OSCA members] accordin...

Open Letter: Co-op Savings Essential

Bob Weiner, Class of 1969

October 31, 2014

Dear President Marvin Krislov: You must be flooded with everything, but as a co-Clinton administration official with you, I do want you to know that I’m an old Oberlin co-oper (I was the system treasurer!), and I agree that the savings for co-op members need to stay to help them with college. They helped me in a critical way. My father, who was covering my tuition, died between my freshman and sophomore year, and my uncle picked up the family wish to get me through school with tuition. But that was it for money. So I joined a co-op my sophomore year. I had to pay for all expenses other than tuition and room, and the savings from being in a dining co-op — and working to earn them, first as the meat buyer and then...

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